Defra is currently planning a new Environmental Land Management System (ELMS). The intention is to replace the current rural grants and payments scheme with a system of “public money for public goods”.

The Government’s vision for ELMS is that it will incentivise land managers to deliver the goals of the 25 year environment plan:

  • Clean and plentiful water
  • Clean air
  • Thriving plants and wildlife
  • Reduction in and protection from environmental hazards
  • Adaptation to and mitigation of climate change
  • Beauty, heritage and engagement with the environment

Blackdown Hills National Landscape is one of a number of organisations, including 12 AONB projects, taking part in ‘tests and trials’ which will gather information to support Defra in the co-design of ELMS.

Read more about Blackdown Hills National Landscape’s ELMS tests and trials

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